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A travel guide to Grenada, a lush island in the eastern Caribbean known for its beautiful white sand beaches, fabulous local food, wealth of outdoor adventure options and luxury resorts.
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Important Information About Grenada
Part of the Windward Islands, Grenada is a Caribbean oasis that’s nothing short of spectacular. It’s made up of the main island of Grenada, two smaller islands called Carriacou and Petite Martinique, as well as several smaller islands.
Formerly colonized by the French and the British, Grenada still retains some of its European influences, making it an incredibly unique travel destination.
Nicknamed “the Spice Island,” as it historically has been a large producer and exporter of spices including nutmeg, mace, cloves, and cinnamon, Grenada is also famous for its waterfalls, beaches, spice estates, gardens, and rum distilleries.
St George’s, the capital of Grenada, is a picturesque city offering history, shopping, cuisine, and a horseshoe-shaped harbour along with a yacht lagoon. However, the main draws lie outside of the capital city.
Travelers can hike Grand Etang National Park & Forest Reserve, swim underneath waterfalls, scuba dive the Underwater Sculpture Park, or relax on white-sand beaches while sipping rum punch cocktails and taking in the island’s beauty.
No matter what type of traveler you are, Grenada has a unique mix of old-world Caribbean vibe and a stunning beauty that will make you want to return.
Best Time To Visit
Grenada’s tropical climate is appealing year-round. The average temperature is around 85 F (29 C) consistently throughout the year, but is bathed by the cooling trade winds.
The summer months are hot and humid, while winters are cool with minimal rainfall. Dry season starts in December and goes until May while the rainy season runs from June to November.
Its famous beaches of Grand Anse and BBC are generally free of seaweed during the peak sargassum seaweed season of May to October.
While the Caribbean overall isn’t known for its budget-friendly prices, there are a couple of things that you can do to keep costs low when visiting Grenada.
Try to avoid travel during Carnival and holidays.
Meal prices in Grenada also vary. However, the average cost of food in Grenada is $50 USD per day. At local restaurants, a delicious meal of traditional Grenadian cuisine can be as low as $5, or you can always grab some street food, like doubles for even less.
If you stay near St. Georges you don’t need to rent a car. You can take a taxi ( which operate on fixed fares) or one of the local minibuses ($2). Routes are marked on the vans or check with the driver or conductor.
There are three bus terminals in Grenada. Check schedules at gov.gd/modes-travel
But if you want to go exploring the island, it’s best to rent a car ($50 per day) or take an organized tour.
- Grenada is one of the smallest independent countries in the western hemisphere so it’s easy to explore on a short vacation.
- Chocaholics will love exploring the bean to bar scene at the island’s chocolate factories. They produce high-quality dark and milk chocolate.
- As Grenada is known as the Spice Island, so be sure to tour a spice plantation like Belmont Estate.
- Are you a foodie? Be sure to try Grenada’s traditional dishes such as oil down. It’s a hearty stew that is made of provision (local veggies), salted meat, and aromatic spices.
- Driving in Grenada is on the left side of the road. Make sure to check both ways before crossing the street!
What To Pack
- Sunglasses, a hat and reef-friendly sunscreen. During the summer months, the sun is intense so you should bring sun protection.
- Beachwear such as swimsuits, sarongs, and flip-flops.
- Comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan on going hiking.
- Lightweight cotton clothes and a hat. Grenada is in the tropics, so cool casual cotton clothing is recommended.
- Capital City: Saint George’s
- Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
- Official Language(s): English
- Plugs & Electrical Information: Electricity is 220 volts, and sockets are type G
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